Meaning of CLEAN in English

CLEAN

/ kliːn; NAmE / adjective , verb , adverb , noun

■ adjective

( clean·er , clean·est )

NOT DIRTY

1.

not dirty :

Are your hands clean?

to wipe sth clean

The hotel was spotlessly (= extremely) clean .

( BrE )

It is your responsibility to keep the room clean and tidy .

( NAmE )

Keep your room neat and clean .

I can't find a clean shirt (= one I haven't worn since it was washed) .

2.

having a clean appearance and clean surroundings :

Cats are very clean animals.

NOT HARMFUL

3.

free from harmful or unpleasant substances :

clean drinking water

clean air

cleaner cars (= not producing so many harmful substances)

PAPER

4.

[ usually before noun ] with nothing written on it :

a clean sheet of paper

NOT OFFENSIVE

5.

not offensive or referring to sex; not doing anything that is considered immoral or bad :

The entertainment was good clean fun for the whole family.

Keep the jokes clean please!

The sport has a very clean image.

NOT ILLEGAL

6.

not showing or having any record of doing sth that is against the law :

a clean driving licence / driver's license

a clean police record

7.

( informal ) not owning or carrying anything illegal such as drugs or weapons :

The police searched her but she was clean.

FAIR

8.

played or done in a fair way and within the rules :

It was a tough but clean game.

SMOOTH / SIMPLE

9.

having a smooth edge, surface or shape; simple and regular :

A sharp knife makes a clean cut.

a modern design with clean lines and a bright appearance

ACCURATE

10.

done in a skilful and accurate way :

The plane made a clean take-off.

TASTE / SMELL

11.

tasting, smelling or looking pleasant and fresh :

The wine has a clean taste and a lovely golden colour.

—compare unclean

IDIOMS

- as clean as a whistle

- a clean bill of health

- a clean break

- a clean sheet / slate

- make a clean breast of sth

- make a clean sweep (of sth)

—more at nose noun , wipe verb

■ verb

1.

to make sth free from dirt or dust by washing or rubbing it :

[ vn ]

to clean the windows / bath / floor

to clean a wound

Have you cleaned your teeth ?

The villa is cleaned twice a week.

[ v ]

I spent all day cooking and cleaning.

—see also dry-clean , spring-clean

2.

[ v ] to become clean :

This oven cleans easily (= is easy to clean) .

3.

[ vn ] = dry-clean :

This coat is filthy. I'll have it cleaned .

4.

[ vn ] to remove the inside parts of a fish, chicken, etc. before you cook it

IDIOMS

- clean house

- clean up your act

PHRASAL VERBS

- clean sth down

- clean sth off / from sth | clean sth off

- clean sth out

- clean sb out

- clean sb/sth out

- clean (yourself) up

- clean up | clean sth up

- clean sth up

■ adverb

( informal ) used to emphasize that an action takes place completely :

The thief got clean away.

I clean forgot about calling him.

IDIOMS

- come clean (with sb) (about sth)

■ noun

[ sing. ] the act or process of cleaning sth :

The house needed a good clean.

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SYNONYMS

clean

wash ♦ rinse ♦ cleanse ♦ dry-clean ♦ bathe

These words all mean to remove dirt from sth, especially by using water and/or soap.

clean

to remove dirt or dust from sth, especially by using water or chemicals:

The villa is cleaned twice a week.

Have you cleaned your teeth?

This coat is filthy. I'll have it cleaned (= dry-cleaned)

.

wash

to remove dirt from sth using water and usually soap:

He quickly washed his hands and face.

These jeans need washing.

rinse

to remove dirt, etc. from sth using clean water only, not soap; to remove the soap from sth with clean water after washing it:

Rinse the cooked pasta with boiling water.

Make sure you rinse all the soap out.

cleanse

to clean your skin or a wound.

dry-clean

to clean clothes using chemicals instead of water.

bathe

to wash sth with water, especially a wound or a part of the body.

PATTERNS AND COLLOCATIONS :

to clean / wash / rinse / cleanse / bathe sth in / with sth

to clean / wash / rinse sth from sth

to clean / wash / cleanse / bathe a wound

to clean / wash / rinse (down) the car

to clean / wash / rinse the floor

to wash / rinse your hair

to have sth cleaned / washed / dry-cleaned

to wash / rinse sth clean

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WORD ORIGIN

Old English clǣne , of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch and German klein small.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.